…party chieftains delighted at governor’s leadership style
The growing popularity of the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, across households in the state has earned the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, an unprecedent political gain, shattering old records and winning all 24 seats in the Saturday March 9, state House of Assembly election.
The record, the first ever in the state’s political history (from the days of the Midwest Region), has made Obaseki the poster boy of the APC in Edo State and a perfect score for a second term ticket, according to chieftains of the party.
“We saw Obaseki’s capacity for annihilating the opposition during the last local government election in which all the 18 candidates of the All Progressives Congress triumphed in the state.
“With all the 24 House of Assembly seats in our kitty, we are determined as a party, to put our best foot forward in the gubernatorial election, come 2020. The rising profile of our party under Obaseki is phenomenal, and Edo people have spoken that they appreciate his people-focused policies and programmes,” one of the APC chieftains and Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie Esq. said.
In his Thank You Message to Edo people, Obaseki, expressed his gratitude to the voters for coming out en masse to vote for candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Assembly election.
He said: “My dear good people of Edo State, I thank you immensely for the massive votes you gave to candidates of my party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Saturday March 9, House of Assembly election in the state.”
The governor noted that he was particularly delighted at the enthusiasm and maturity exhibited by voters across the state while casting their ballots.
He assured that “With this overwhelming endorsement of my party and my administration, my government is now turbocharged and fired up to exceed the expectations of the millions of Edo people and residents who reaffirmed their faith in our developmental programmes and policies at the polls on Saturday.”
Recalling the party’s aggressive campaign for votes across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state, which he led, Obaseki said, “We campaigned vigorously and impressed it on our people that a vote for the APC House of Assembly candidates, is a vote for me to continue and complete all ongoing projects in every sector of the state.
“Thankfully, this message resonated well with our people and you have charged us to continue with all our ongoing reforms in Edo State.”
He pledged that his administration would “continue to create more jobs, construct more roads, renew our education and healthcare system, invest more in the security of life and property, and industrialise Edo State, in our collective quest to actualise the Edo of our dreams.
“I assure you that we will not take for granted this loud vote of confidence in my administration. I will continue to put you, our people first, in all our development plans.”
Obaseki commended the security agencies, the electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), election observers and other stakeholders for ensuring that the exercise was a success.